ViacomCBS Veterans Network:
Our Story, A Long History of Service
The ViacomCBS Veterans Network represents the manifestation of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice of the amazing people who have worked at the Company. We are merely the stewards of a mission that began long ago. Since its founding in 1928, CBS has always answered the call. The likes of Edward R. Murrow, Larry LeSueur, Eric Sevareid, Howard K. Smith, Walter Cronkite, Kimberly Dozier, Paul Douglas, James Brolan, Cami McCormick, George Syvertsen, Gerald Miller, Ed Bradley, Bob Simon, Morley Safer, Dan Rather, Henry Schuster, Mark LaGanga, Chuck Rainey, Scott Pelley, Richard Threlkeld, Lara Logan, Bruce Dunning, Liz Trotta, Andrew Clarke, Ray Bribiesca, David Miller, Holly Williams, Charlie D’Agata, Deborah Patta, Seth Doane, Elizabeth Palmer, Agnes Reau, Randal Joyce, Justin Redman, Steve Berriman, Erin Lyall, Andy Stevenson, Thorsten Hoefle, Abdi Cadani and Ian Robbie and countless other courageous journalists have gone to the dark corners of the world to bravely cover the military conflicts that have shaped and scarred the past 90 years.
CBS also has a long history of being the home to some of our Nation’s most distinguished and notable veterans. Our former Chairman Sumner Redstone, CBS’ founder William Paley, Frank Stanton, Steve Kroft, Andy Rooney, Daniel Schorr, Mike Wallace, Don Hewitt, Harry Reasoner, Bob Schieffer, James Aubrey, Jack Schneider, Jim McManus, Howard Stringer, Bruce Morton, Joseph Wershba, Jay McMullen, Bill McLaughlin, Austin Goodrich, Rod Serling, Tom Selleck, and Drew Carey, just to name a few. The Company is what it is today because of their service, their sacrifices, and their amazing talent.
Today, we are very proud of the nearly 1000 veterans that are currently employed at CBS. Their dedication and sacrifice remind us all that the highest expression of citizenship is military service. They continue the great legacy of those who came before them and, in ways big and small, make CBS the great company that it is.
We never forget our obligation to the more than 22 million living Veterans in the United States, especially the nearly 2.6 million who nobly answered the call of service after the events of September 11, 2001. They and their families have faced significant challenges as they transition to civilian life. The CBS Veterans Network continues to do what the Company has always done by making an unwavering commitment to assist our Nation’s Veterans and their families. Our common refrain is “What can we do to help?”
Our Nation’s Veterans continue to look to us for inspiration. How will we respond? They need our energy and passion in addition to our gratitude and compassion. Our sacrifice has to be equal to theirs. As a CBS family, we have looked beyond merely thanking these brave men and women for their service and are focused on the impactful ways that we can all make a lasting difference in their lives. Mentoring, education, internships and economic empowerment are the key as is producing outstanding shows that accurately showcase these brave men and women. It is a virtuous cycle that must be repeated again and again. We know that the sacrifices of our Nation’s Veterans and their families must never be forgotten and that this great Company must do all that it can to promote their well-being. Throughout our 90 year history, this has always been our call to action and always will be! “What can we do to help?!”
Richard M. Jones
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired)
Chief Veterans Officer
Our former Chairman and Viacom founder Sumner Redstone was a highly decorated Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army during WWII and was instrumental in breaking the Japanese Code leading to VJ Day
CBS founder William Paley was a highly decorated Colonel in the U.S. Army during WWII and oversaw Psychological Operations for General Eisenhower
CBS News legend Edward R. Murrow reporting from the battlefield during WWII
Acclaimed CBS writer, producer, and actor Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone), served as a U.S. Army paratrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division during WWII from January 1943 to January 1945. He endured extensive combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
CBS News: Vietnam
Walter Cronkite reporting from Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968
CBS News Correspondent, Bob Simon, on assignment in Vietnam (1972)
CSB News Correspondent, Dan Rather, on patrol with U.S. Army combat troops in Vietnam (1966)
CBS News Correspondent, Morley Safer in Vietnam after accompanying a combat patrol (1967)
CBS News Correspondent Ed Bradly reporting from Vietnam (1969)
CBS News Correspondent, Bob Schieffer reporting from Vietnam (1965)
CBS News Correspondent and CBS Evening News Anchor, Morton Dean, on assignment in Vietnam in 1971 during a medevac mission for the CBS Evening News
CBS News and 60 Minutes Correspondent, Steve Kroft, served in combat during the Vietnam War (1967-1972). He served as a member of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division where he covered the Division's participation in the invasion of Cambodia. He won several Army journalism awards for his work and was awarded a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement. Steve Kroft, discussing Post Traumatic Stress for a CBS Cares Special with U.S. Army Colonel Dr. Charlie Hoge and Retired Army Ranger MSG Steve Robinson.
CBS News and 60 Minute Correspondent, Mike Wallace, on assignment in the trenches of Vietnam in 1967
CBS News Reporter, Liz Trotta, on assignment in the trenches of Vietnam in 1968. Trotta fought the typecasting of female reporters and ended up, through sheer tenacity, covering the fighting front for CBS News during the Vietnam War. She was the first U.S. female journalist to be assigned to report on tough news stories and battlefront war coverage.
Acclaimed CBS Star (Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods), Tom Selleck, served as a member of the 160th Infantry Regiment during the Vietnam War (1967-1973)
Drew Carey, host of “The Price is Right”, served as Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps for six years (1980-1986)
CBS News Cameraman Paul Douglas, CBS News Soundman James Brolan and CBS Correspondent Kimberly Dozier in Iraq (2006)
CBS News Cameraman Paul Douglas, CBS News Soundman James Brolan and CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier
CBS News Cameraman Paul Douglas and CBS News Soundman James Brolan in Iraq
CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan reporting from Iraq
CBS News 60 Minutes Producer, Henry Schuster on one of his many down range assignments to Iraq
CBS News Correspondent Cami McCormick, on assignment in Iraq, embedded with a U.S. Army combat patrol near Baghdad in 2007
CBS Evening News Anchor, Scott Pelley, on assignment in Afghanistan while reporting on Golf Company, 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marines (2009)
CSB News Correspondent, David Miller, speaks with U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about his tour of Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2008. During the Vietnam War, Martin served as an officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer
Legendary CBS News and 60 Minutes Cameraman, R.A. “Ray” Bribiesca, a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, served two combat tours in Vietnam where he was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He then went on to serve at CBS News for over 30 years and covered all conflicts and went to every war zone where he regularly risked his life and came under heavy enemy fire
CBS News Correspondent, Elizabeth Palmer, in the Ukraine
CBS News Correspondent, Holly Williams, on assignment in the Middle East
CBS News Correspondent, Charlie D’Agata, on assignment in the Middle East
CBS News Correspondent, Deborah Patta, on assignment in the Middle East
CBS News Correspondent, Seth Doane, on assignment in the Middle East